A Complete Guide to Whole Grains

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Whole grains are a delicious, integral part of a healthy vegan diet.

They’re chock full of nutrients and fiber. Best of all, whole grains are a source of complex carbohydrates and protein that fuels you with boundless energy.

Whole grains help lower cholesterol levels and have been linked to a lower risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, obesity, and certain cancers.

Rice is the most popular grain, with many types including short grain, long grain, basmati, and even red and black varieties.

But it’s also good to introduce other grains into your diet, like millet and amaranth.

Quinoa is increasingly popular and has a high protein content.

Whole Grains vs. Refined Grains

Whole grains are actually seeds that contain all of the original components that make up the kernel: germ, bran, and endosperm.

The bran is the outer layer of the seed and contains fiber and B vitamins.

The endosperm makes up the bulk of the seed, and it has carbohydrate and protein.

The germ is the part from which a new plant sprouts and is a concentrated source of nutrients.

The germ contains vitamins B, vitamin E, some protein, minerals, and healthy fats.

Nutritionally, whole grains are called complex carbohydrates because of the fiber and nutrients from the germ and bran.

As a result, they raise blood-sugar levels slowly and keep you fueled with energy for a long time.

In addition, eating whole grains is a great weight-loss strategy because they help you feel full and eat less overall.

When a grain has been milled (“refined”), it’s been stripped of the germ and bran, leaving only the endosperm.

The resulting product lacks its original nutrients and fiber.

Examples of refined grains are white rice and white flour.

Without fiber, refined grains are called simple carbohydrates and are absorbed quickly in your digestive system.

This causes a fast rise in your blood-sugar levels.

Refined grains are the basis for most junk food, and they should be avoided. This is a serious health concern with our obesity and diabetes epidemics.[1]

If you aren’t used to eating whole grains, you’ll find them chewier and nuttier than refined grains.

You may find this unfamiliar at first, but after some time, you’ll discover refined grains will taste plain and uninteresting.

READ : The Best Whole Grains for Weight Loss

Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs

Some fad diets claim we should avoid all carbohydrates.

This advice is over-simplistic, and it’s not healthy or even realistic to omit an entire food group.

Carbohydrates are a necessary part of a balanced diet.

Knowing the distinction between whole grains and refined grains helps us understand the complete and accurate facts.

Whole grains have complex carbs (“good carbs”) while refined grains have simple carbs (“bad carbs”).

Yes, it’s important that you avoid the refined carbs in junk food (“bad carbs”).

But choose to eat whole grains (“good carbs”) and enjoy the many health benefits they provide.

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MVW’s Recommendation on Grain Flours

Modern Vegan Wellness recommends that you limit your intake of any type of grain that’s been ground into a flour.

Whole wheat flour is one example, including the many products made from it.

As a flour, even whole grains can mimic refined grains by raising blood-sugar levels quickly.

It’s better to focus on whole grains with their entire kernel intact.

Cooking Whole Grains

The basic method for cooking whole grains is simple.

  1. In a medium-size pot, add the grain and water (or a vegetable broth).
  2. Bring to a boil, stir to breakup any clumps, then cover and reduce the heat to the lowest setting.
  3. Cook until all the water is absorbed and the grain is tender. (The exceptions will be oats and amaranth; they will have a creamy consistency.) See the chart below for cooking times.

Cooking times vary depending on the variety of grain, your pot, and the amount of heat you use.

Because whole grains take longer to cook than refined grains, it’s helpful to cook a large amount at a time.

Leftovers keep several days in the refrigerator.

Here’s a table’s instructions for cooking whole grains :

Start with 1 Cup Dry Whole GrainAdd Water or BrothCooking TimeCooked AmountCooked Serving Size
Amaranth2 cups20-25 minutes (will be creamy)2-1/2 cups1/2 cup
Barley (hulled)3 cups45-60 minutes3-1/2 cups1/2 cup
Bulgar wheat2 cups10-12 minutes3 cups1/2 cup
Millet2-1/225-35 minutes4 cups1/2 cup
“Old-Fashioned” Oats2 cups5 minutes (will be creamy)2 cups1 cup
Quinoa2 cups12-15 minutes3 cups1/2 cup
Rice2-1/2 cups45-55 minutes3 cups1/2 cup
Wild rice3 cups 45-55 minutes3-1/2 cups1/2 cup
Wheat berries4 cupsSoak overnight then cook 45-60 minutes2-1/2 cups1/2 cup
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